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|Born||13th January 1940
|Alma mater||Allahabad University (B.A. in History, Economic & Sanskrit, 1958), Syracuse University (M.A. in economics, 1970), Harvard University (M.T. in Theological Studies, 1974; PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, 1978)|
|Known for||The philosophy of religions, human rights, theoretical and methodical study of religion, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu studies, Sanskrit studies, reflections on Women in religion|
|Awards||Millennium World Peace Summit award (2000), Ambassador`s Club award (2006), Vishwa Hindu award (2008)|
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Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Sharma's works focus on comparative religion, Hinduism, and the role of women in religion. Some of his more famous works include Our Religions and Women in World Religions. Feminism in World Religions was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1999).
Arvind Sharma was born on the 13th of January 1940 in Varanasi, India . Raised in a family that traditionally worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he followed the trend his forefathers set before him after earning a BA in History, Economics and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958 and was a member of the IAS workforce for 6 years, between 1962 and 1968. It was also during this period that Arvind Sharma had married, on March 1967.
In 1968, he moved to the United States of America to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Syracuse (1970). While studying there, he became fond of religious studies and resigned from his career in the IAS to focus on religious studies along with an economic accent.
In 1972, he pursued a Master in Theological Studies at the Harvard Divinity School and was very successful both academically and professionally. Following his Master (1974), he also earned a PhD in Sanskrit & Indian Studies (1978) from the same school. During his time in America, he was given his first teaching appointment as a part-time instructor in Economics and Statistics at Northeastern University, in Boston. He taught the course from 1972 to 1976, along with another one in religious traditions between 1974 and 1975.
This year of 1972 also brought him a third important event: the birth of his daughter on the 7th of November.
1975 would not be as good, as he divorced from his then wife. Due to economic and professional reasons, he moved to Australia to pursue his professional career.
In the following year, Arvind Sharma received his first full-time teaching appointment when he was appointed as lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland’s Department of Studies in Religion. He kept the position until 1980, the year on which he was offered another appointment as a lecturer, but at the University of Sydney’s Department of Religious Studies. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1987, the same year he left for Montreal, Canada. During his Australian years, between 1976 and 1987, he has published more than 375 works, with 55 works in 1981 alone.
In 1987, he became an Associate Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies and he saw himself promoted to Full Professor in 1989. Most notably, He was given, in 1994, the Birks chair of Comparative Religion and has not left it since then. He was still working at the Faculty of Religious Studies in 2017, making it his 30th year of service with McGill University.
The archives fonds of Arvind Sharma is held at McGill University Archives (MUA)
A more complete bibliography, comprised of more than 860 titles, is in the possession of the McGill University Archives (MUA) and can be provided upon request.
- Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (State University of New York Press, 2011) ISBN 978-1-4384-3211-3
- The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008) ISBN 978-0-271-02832-3
- Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution: Religion Today and Tomorrow (Praeger Publishers, 2008) ISBN 978-0-313-35899-9
- Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons (Springer, 2008) ISBN 978-1-4020-8191-0
- Fundamentalism And Women in World Religions (T. & T. Clark Publishers] 2007) ISBN 978-0-567-02533-3
- Goddesses And Women In The Indic Religious Tradition (Brill Academic Publishers, 2005) ISBN 978-90-04-12466-0
- New Focus on Hindu Studies (DK Print World, 2005) ISBN 978-81-246-0307-9
- A New Curve in the Ganges (DK Print World, 2005) ISBN 978-81-246-0271-3
- Christianity and Human Rights: Influences and Issues (State University of New York Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7914-6952-1
- The Quest for Serenity in World Religions (DK Printworld, 2007) ISBN 978-81-246-0420-5
- A Guide to Hindu Spirituality (World Wisdom, 2006) ISBN 978-1-933316-17-8
- Hindu Egalitarianism: Equality or Justice? (Rupa & Co., 2006) ISBN 978-81-291-0833-3
- Advaita Vedanta (Ludwig Verlag, 2006) ISBN 978-3-7787-8186-9
- Are Human Rights Western?: A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations (Oxford University Press, 2006) ISBN 978-0-19-567948-9
- Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0-19-567638-9
- Dharma (DK Print World, 2005) ISBN 978-81-246-0270-6
- Sleep As a State of Consciousness in Advaita (State University of New York Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-7914-6251-5
- The Buddhism Omnibus: Comprising Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada, and The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-19-566898-8
- Her Voice, Her Faith: Women Speak On World Religions (Westview Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-8133-4257-3
- Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach (Law in India) (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-19-566585-7
- Advaita Vedanta: An Introduction (Motilal Banarsidass, 2004) ISBN 978-81-208-2027-2
- The Study of Hinduism (University of South Carolina Press, 2003) ISBN 978-1-57003-449-7
- Hinduism and Its Sense of History (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-566531-4
- Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface With Women's Studies (State University of New York Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-7914-5347-6
- Modern Hindu Thought: The Essential Texts (Oxford University Press, 2002) ISBN 978-0-19-565315-1
- Women in Indian Religions (Oxford University Press, 2002) ISBN 978-0-19-564634-4
- Religion in a Secular City: Essays in Honor of Harvey Cox (Trinity Press International, 2001) ISBN 978-1-56338-337-3
- Hinduism and Secularism: After Ayodhya (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001) ISBN 978-0-333-79406-7
- Sati: Historical and Phenomenological Essays (Motilal Banarsidass, 2001) ISBN 978-81-208-0464-7
- Annual Review of Women in World Religions, the (Annual Review of Women in World Religions) (State University of New York Press, 2001) ISBN 978-0-7914-5426-8
- Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000) ISBN 978-0-19-564441-8
- The Annual Review of Women in World Religions (State University of New York Press, 1999) ISBN 978-0-7914-4346-0
- A Dome of Many Colors: Studies in Religious Pluralism, Identity, and Unity (Trinity Press International, 1999) ISBN 978-1-56338-267-3
- Feminism and World Religions (State University of New York Press, 1998) ISBN 978-0-7914-4024-7
- The Concept of Universal Religion in Modern Hindu Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998) ISBN 978-0-312-21647-4
- Neo-Hindu Views of Christianity (Brill Academic Publishers, 1988) ISBN 978-90-04-08791-0
- The Philosophy of Religion: A Buddhist Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1997) ISBN 978-0-19-564272-8
- Women in World Religions (South Asia Books, 1995) ISBN 978-81-7030-428-9
- Our Religions: The Seven World Religions Introduced by Preeminent Scholars from Each Tradition(HarperOne, 1994) ISBN 978-0-06-067700-8
- The Little Clay Cart (State University of New York Press, 1994) ISBN 978-0-7914-1726-3
- Today's Woman in World Religions (State University of New York Press, 1994) ISBN 978-0-7914-1687-7
- The Experiential Dimension of Advaita Vedanta (Motilal Banarsidass, 1993) ISBN 978-81-208-1058-7
- The Annual Review of Women in World Religions: Heroic Women (State University of New York Press, 1992) ISBN 978-0-7914-1611-2